Source- This is why he prepares so intensely, because for Gyllenhaal, empathy has a molecular, even mystical quality. “I believe deeply in the unconscious,” he says. “That you literally accumulate the molecules of the space that you’re in. We’re like 90 per cent water, so naturally we are going to be affected by the moon when it’s full: if the sea is, why wouldn’t we be? That seems scientific to me. So, if you spend enough time in whatever environment your character would exist in – the way I spent six months with police officers – then the molecules of that environment must transfer somehow. And then you put it on screen, and people go, ‘I feel something that I don’t normally feel.’”
“There’s a hierarchy of importance, and actors are way down. I get that my job is absurd. I’m hyper-aware of how ridiculous it is. But at the same time, I take it extraordinarily seriously! Because as absurd as it is, it can also breed empathy.”
Ooooookay Jake, whatever you say man. Just don't hit me, alright? We are back in reality. This isn't 'Southpaw' dude.
I'm not even going to comment on Gyllenhaal's quotes because I don't even understand them. Hell, no one understands them. It's some freaky, over the top, 'I have been playing a psychopath for far too long' logic. Water content, molecules, the moon, the sun? It sounds like he is just reading the Table of Contents from a 6th grade science book. I do, however, think that this means Gyllenhaal is ready to take over the big screen. Like I am not even mad at Jake for all his screws coming loose. That's what happens when you spend a majority of your life acting like a variety of different people for months at a time. I am surprised he didn't just straight up kill a random foreign citizen after 'Jarhead'. Surprised he didn't go full gay after sharing a sleeping bag on 'Brokeback Mountain'. I guess spending 20 hours a day in the gym to get completely jacked for 'Southpaw' was the least straw for sanity. Now there is no Jake Gyllenhaal if there is no Jake Gyllenhaal movie. He's an open book waiting for his thoughts to be formulated through a script. Now when you see him in character that's just who he is for that period of his life. The rest of the time he's just a muttering lunatic who is probably a chapter away from being a Scientology expert. Now that I think about it, it's no wonder a bunch of crazy actors made Scientology famous. Requirement number one is a detachment from reality.